Institutional Technology

    Ringling College of Art and Design is the only art college that provides every student with a MacBook Pro notebook computer and software package, free of charge.

    Ringling College of Art and Design pioneered the use of technology for the creation of art and design. From our meticulously maintained, raised-floor Data Center that processes, stores, and transfers your academic work to our state-of-the-art computer laboratories you will find that we are among the best-equipped colleges in the world.

    Computer Laboratories

    Hardware Available

    Location and Hours

    Notebook Program


    Wireless Access

    CyberSecurity Awareness

    Computer Laboratories

    While working to complete your degree at Ringling College, you will work and create with the most current resources available - the same or better than what you will find in the professional world. We update the hardware in the computer laboratories at least every other year, and the software yearly when classes are not in session.

    Hardware Available

    • Macintosh labs (28 labs): 550 Macs1
    • Notebook Program: 1700 MacBook Pros
    • PC labs (14 labs): 319 PCs2
    • Printers: 2 laser printers for every lab3
    • Large-format scanners4
    • Wacom Tablets4


    • Large-format printing is available through Print Services
    • CD/DVD readers and writers available in every computer lab and on the notebook computers


    1. Mac Pro and iMac platforms.
    2. HP Z800 and HP XW9400.
    3. 1 b/w laser and 1 color laser printer in each lab. Photo labs have additional inkjet printers. Interior Design labs have additional wide-format printers.
    4. Available in select labs.

    A Notebook Computer for Every Student

    Ringling College of Art and Design is the only art college that provides every student with a MacBook Pro notebook computer, free of charge, for the duration of their enrollment at Ringling.

    We understand that an artist’s success in today’s competitive world depends on both creative vision and expertise with technology. Ringling College is committed to providing students with knowledge and technical experience needed for lifelong learning. We believe that continued use of the notebook can enhance that adventure.

    What’s Included:
    The Apple MacBook Pro notebook computer is suitable for general purpose and discipline-specific academic computing needs. Each notebook computer comes with a standard software suite, which includes: email, web browser, and iLife (iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto, iWeb, and GarageBand). The notebook program provides Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite software in addition to the standard software suite. Wireless connectivity is available across campus for use with mobile devices, including the MacBook Pro.

    For more about the notebook computer program, visit

    Wireless Access

    Not only does our entire campus have free wireless access, our new Academic Center has the capacity to connect 3,000 wireless devices at the same time!

    Location and Hours

    Institutional Technology is located on the second floor of the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Center.

    Regular Hours
    Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm 

    After Hours Phone Support (when classes are in session)
    Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
    Sunday 9:00am-10:00pm

    phone: (941)359-7633
    fax: (941)359-7615
    online support requests (for current students, faculty, and staff):
    All other inquiries, please use the contact form.